Owner: Consorts Schloss — Paris, France
Collection: (Schloss) Adolphe Schloss-The Schloss collection was assembled with great care by Adolphe Schloss, a German Jew who settled in Paris in the late 19th century. In August 1939, the collection was transferred to a vault at the Chateau de Chambon (Corrèze) for safekeeping. On April 16, 1943, a combination of Nazi policemen and French officials from the CGQJ worked together to confiscate the Schloss collection and transfer it to Paris for processing. There, the collection was split into three parts--the largest going to the Linz Museum project. That part of the collection (262 paintings) was transferred to the Führerbau (Munich) on 24 November 1943 where it remained untouched until 29-30 April 1945 when local Munich citizens broke into the building housing the collection and hundreds of other works and stole everything. Nearly half of the Schloss paintings are still unrestituted.
Inventory No.: Schloss 277
Artist: Attribué à Benvenuti (Giovanni Battista dit l'Ortolano)
Medium: Paintings
Title: Christ déposé de la croix
Description: 52 x 39 cm
Provenance and Comments: According to French sources, this painting attributed to "L'Ortolano" was sold to Buittenweg after 1943. On the other hand, an annotation on an appraisal by Mr. Lefranc of paintings looted from the Schloss Collection, which he produced on 5 November 1943 for the Commissariat Général aux Questions Juives (CGQJ), indicates that this painting was consigned by Postma with Galerie Claude which sold it for him at the Hotel Drouot in Paris.
Archival Sources: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/sites/archives_diplo/schloss/tableauxB/tableaux18.html?provenance=collection; Reel 139, RG 260, M1946, NARA
Measurements: 52 x 39 cm
Intake place: 38 avenue Henri Martin, Paris
Transfer place: Chateau de Chambon, Laguenne, Corrèze
Transfer date: 1939-08-20
Transfer place: Banque Dreyfus, Paris, France
Transfer date: 1943-08-11
Transfer place: Cornelius Postma
Transfer date: 1943-12-00
Transfer place: Galerie Claude, Paris
Transfer place: Hotel Drouot, Paris